Celebrate The Small Things

QUOTE: The same ten minutes that magazines urge me to use for sit-ups and triceps dips, I used for sobbing. Tina Fey, Bossypants.

                                           

FACT:  Only about 8% of schools in South Africa have some form of physical education as part of the curriculum.

This past week 5 000 kids took part in a 50-hour exercise challenge, in an attempt to make a statement about keeping fit and fight childhood obesity, and to get physical education back into our schools! It's cause for celebration!

In other celebratory news…

~ It's the 01st of the second month… that's cause for celebration isn't it?  new month… a fresh start… new opportunities…

~ I won a $10 Amazon gift card this week… yay!

~ I signed up for the 2013 A to Z Challenge which will be my 3rd one!

                              A to Z Challenge [2013]

~ I finalised 2 fictional pieces for up-and-coming bloghops

~ To date, 24 bloggers have signed up for my first ever collaborative bloghop hosting gig (to celebrate my blog-o-versary) … more details HERE

~ I managed to visit ALL the participants who signed up for the Please Re-introduce Yourself Blogfest that took place on Monday – a toal of 143 bloggers (I wanted to find out how the ninja captain does it… I believe his visiting record is something like 100 blogs in an hour…? and after all that, I still don't know how he manages… it was a crazy and great experience which I may or may-not be repeating in future…)

So have you signed up for the A to Z Challenge yet, or taken part in any bloghops recently? Are you celebrating anything this past week? Please share with us.

47 Comments

  1. Tyrean on February 1, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Congrats on visiting all those blogs, and getting two fictional pieces done, and getting ready for your first blogfest for your blogaversary! Wow! You've had a successful week! The Ninja Captain's ability to get around so quickly  makes me wonder if he's been assimilated into the Borg collective . . .either that or he's a way faster connection that I do.

     

    • michelle on February 2, 2013 at 10:32 am

      No matter which way you look at it, it's amazing what the Ninja Captain accomplishes… I can tell you that I was totally 'out of it' after those visits…

  2. SK Anthony on February 1, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Yay, its the 1st! New opportunities indeed 😉

    Congrats on the $10 Amazon card. Great job finishing those 2 fictional pieces and ALL the other accomplishments, you busy this week!

    • michelle on February 2, 2013 at 10:33 am

      Yes, I had quite a busy week! 🙂

  3. Alex J. Cavanaugh on February 1, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Those kids need to exercise more!

    Some great things this week for you. Glad you're on board for another Challenge.

    And it's not easy being me…

    • michelle on February 2, 2013 at 10:34 am

      Not easy being you… that's an understatement… HOW DO YOU MANAGE IT?

  4. Viklit on February 1, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Congrats on visiting all those blogs! And yay for February 😉 We both celebrated that! I am thinking of signing up for the A-Z…

    • michelle on February 2, 2013 at 10:35 am

      Sign up for the challenge… as Nike says – JUST DO IT! 🙂

  5. J.A. Ward on February 1, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    WOW a lot to celebrate here! Love winning prizes – congrats on the gift card. And WOWIE that was a lot of blogs to visit. I confess I have a hard time always visiting everyone on this blog hop and there are only like 35. I commend your efforts!! I am excited to start February as well as I hope this will be the month I finish up the first draft of my first novel ever! YAY! Thanks for sharing!

    • michelle on February 2, 2013 at 10:36 am

      The first draft of your first novel – I'll be rooting for you! Yay!

  6. The Golden Eagle on February 2, 2013 at 1:31 am

    Kudos to you on visiting so many blogs! And congratulations on all your other good news. 🙂

     

    I've signed up for the A-Z Challenge, too.

    • michelle on February 2, 2013 at 10:37 am

      Thanks GE. 🙂 I remember learning lots of scientific things from your blog during the last A to Z.

  7. Nancy LaRonda Johnson on February 2, 2013 at 1:46 am

    Those are definitely worthy celebrations. You've got to have bionic eyes to read so many blogs on a regular basis, and I hope that you get them if you're planning on keeping up with the ninja captain! 

    • michelle on February 2, 2013 at 10:38 am

      Keeping up with the Ninja Captain? Never! I just wanted to try it as a one-off exercise… 🙂 Thanks Nancy.

  8. M. J. Joachim on February 2, 2013 at 1:47 am

    Nice news bit added into this post. Really cool you were able to visit all those blogs. I'm in the A – Z too, and am looking forward to the fun! Sounds like you've had a great week. Here's hoping you have a marvelous weekend too!

    • michelle on February 2, 2013 at 10:39 am

      Thanks M.J. Enjoy your weekend too!

  9. Lexa Cain on February 2, 2013 at 3:19 am

    Wow, you've done so much this week! Ican't imagine posting on 143 blogs. Go you!! 🙂

    • michelle on February 2, 2013 at 10:40 am

      Lexa, it was C-R-A-Z-Y posting on all those blogs! At least I've had the experience. 🙂

  10. Julia on February 2, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Sounds like you really enjoy a challenge. Congratulations on everything.

    • michelle on February 2, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      Challenges are good… they keep us on our toes! Thanks Julia.

  11. Al Diaz on February 2, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    You have so many good things in your list. I also tried once to do what does but his clones are more willing to follow his orders right than my dwarves. 🙂

    • michelle on February 2, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      Thanks Al. I don't think any of us will get it right anytime soon… 🙂

  12. Dani on February 2, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Nobody can no the ninja. I've tried. Plus I don't have the right body parts.

    Congrats on all everything you accomplished this week. I also signed up for AtoZ.

    • michelle on February 2, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      Body parts? Okay, does that mean there are extra limbs/eyes/fingers that enable the ninja to move around, read and respond so quickly…?

  13. J.L. Campbell on February 2, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I'm impressed with that achievement by your nation's children and yes, I agree that a new month is indeed cause for celebration. Yup, that blogfest was a challenge and I still haven't covered everybody. Good that managed to do it. Well done, Michelle.

    • michelle on February 2, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      Hopefully the kids can get that important message through… thanks Joy!

  14. C. Lee McKenzie on February 2, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    That's a lot of things, PZ! I'm with you on the AtoZ–fingers crossed.

  15. C. Lee McKenzie on February 2, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Well, that was an interesting Freudian thing I just did, Michelle. Thinking of PZ and writing a comment to you seemed to have put an overload on my poor brain.

    • michelle on February 2, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      *chuckles* Give the poor brain a rest C.Lee…

  16. Sherry Ellis on February 2, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Good job visiting all the people from the last blog hop.  Yes – I don't know how the Ninja Captain manages to visit everyone.  I guess that's why he's the captain!

    • michelle on February 2, 2013 at 7:35 pm

      I think you're right about that… but I'm sure it's not easy being the captain…

  17. Tamara on February 2, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Wow. That's a lot of blogs to visit! And don't worry–nobody can outdo Alex and his army of clones. haha. I'm all signed up for your bloghop!! 🙂

    • michelle on February 2, 2013 at 7:36 pm

      Thanks for joining the bloghop Tamara! 🙂

  18. tara tyler on February 2, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    south africa is on my list to visit. i have another friend there getting married in nov.

    and yay for your visiting & winning!

    • michelle on February 3, 2013 at 8:27 am

      Yay! Maybe we'll have a chance to meet…? That would be great.

  19. Medeia Sharif on February 3, 2013 at 5:38 am

    Yes, I signed up for A to Z. It'll be my second time. 

    I love the beginning of every month. It feels like a fresh start.

    • michelle on February 3, 2013 at 8:28 am

      I'm looking forward to the A to Z Challenge! Thanks Medeia.

  20. Julie on February 3, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Great Tina Fey quote! I hope that they'll start incorporating more physical education into  the schools now. Looking forward to participating in both your blogfest and A to Z!

    • michelle on February 3, 2013 at 9:25 pm

      Yay! Glad to have you on board for our bloghop, Julie!

  21. Stephen Tremp on February 3, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    That's an amazing feat visiting all those blogs! Have fun with your $10 card. And the She Said What Blog Hop sounds like fun!

    • michelle on February 3, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      Thanks Stephen! I already used the card to purchase e-books!

  22. Carol Kilgore on February 3, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Kudos on all those visits! I signed up for A-Z, too.

    • michelle on February 3, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      Thanks Carol! Have you done the A-Z before? This will be my third… 🙂

  23. Kim Van Sickler on February 3, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    WOW! You convinced me. You are such a blogging superstar that I must participate in your very fun-sounding blogfest. Very creative idea.

    • michelle on February 4, 2013 at 1:18 pm

      Thanks Kim! …  "blogging superstar" ? I don't think so… I just enjoy a challenge. 🙂

  24. Lara Lacombe on February 4, 2013 at 2:21 am

    Oh my!  That's a lot of blogs!

    I signed up for the A to Z challenge, too.  Now I just need to get started on my pre-writing, so I have a chance of making it work!

  25. michelle on February 4, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Pre-writing is a good idea. You'll be more prepared when April comes around! 🙂

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